There are so many stories around us. There are so many voices and views that are seldom heard. These, however, are the faces of our future. This column will follow teens and young adults, and through their voices, we will get to know a little more about who they are, how they view the world, and where they see the future headed.
This week I asked: “Was there a specific moment or series of events that made you recognize that you had a voice and that you wanted to use it?”
Alice Richards(right), a freshman at Concord High School, is a dancer who has lived in Concord all her life and she takes a lot of inspiration from her sister and her surroundings.
“I mean, I’m part of clubs at school, and I have an older sister - she’s been a big part of [the] activism in my life and she has inspired me to want to be a part of things. We’ve been to the Women’s March here in Concord and with everything going on in the world, we realize that we need to stand up for what we believe in and take a stand.”
Grace Poirier(center), a freshman at Concord High School, moved to Concord in sixth grade and has always been interested in activism and immersed in activism.
“Throughout my entire life, I’ve always been surrounded by activists and people like that. My entire family supports it. When the current president was elected, I felt it was a time that I could stand up, and [I felt] that I needed to stand up for what I believed in. So, I’m just a strong believer that everyone has a voice and that they should use it “
Meagan Mclean, 18, is a resident of Milford, New Hampshire and she’s extremely interested in politics, which is her intended area of study when she attends college this upcoming year.
“It’s just really important to be out here. I am so glad there’s so much support. There have been times when I haven’t felt safe at my school, and the fact that our politicians are being run by corporations that donate twelve million dollars a year to make sure people can own assault rifles without any limitations in exchange for a student’s life is appalling to me. I did the math, and every student in the United States has a price tag of twenty five cents in exchange for owning assault rifles, due to the twelve million dollars that the NRA is donating to Congress.”
Jorgie Ingram is a seventeen-year-old artist, activist, writer, dancer, and choreographer, currently living in New Hampshire. Finishing her high school studies online as a senior, she looks forward to continuing her studies in college, majoring in dance. Jorgie's passion is to inspire - whether that be through her artistry, writing, or everyday interactions. She loves to give back, and aspires to do so throughout her life. Apart from dancing all over New England, choreographing for the stage and film, painting, writing, baking vegan goodies, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends, Jorgie is the founder of local environmental group, Kearsarge Changing Climate Change, and one of the lead organizers for NH for Humanity's performance art events.